Paleomap Project

Christopher Scotese, PALEOMAP Project

The goal of the PALEOMAP Project is to illustrate the plate tectonic development of the ocean basins and continents, as well as the changing distribution of land and sea during the past 1100 million years. In the section on Earth history you can select any time period, read about that period, and see the plate distribution during that period. There is also a section on climate history where you can select a time period, see the climatic distribution of that period, and learn what evidence was used to reconstruct the paleoclimate. A collection of animations shows the plate distribution during different parts of Earth history. The site also has a section where you can print paleomaps that are formatted to be cut out and pasted on a 4 inch Styrofoam sphere to create your own paleoglobes.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Structural Geology:Regional Structural/Tectonic Activity, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Maps, Animations/Video
Grade Level: Informal, College Lower (13-14), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High School (9-12), College Upper (15-16)
Focus on the Cretaceous: Sea Level, Tectonics, Paleogeography, Climate
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Atmospheric Science, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Climate Change, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Structural Geology, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Plate TectonicsKeywords: plate tectonics, paleoclimates, evolution